Port Blair, Sep 17: The 50th Engineers Day was celebrated by The Institution of Engineers (India), (IEI) A & N State Centre (ANSC) & DBRAIT on Friday, 15th September 2017 at Port Blair with a Technical Session which started at 930 AM at DBRAIT Auditorium, Pahargaon. The Theme of Engineers’ Day was Role of Engineers in a Developing India.
In his address, the Chief Guest, Dr. E. Sreedharan, Principal Adviser, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation initially traced the history of Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesaraya and paid tributes to him & requested the gathering of Engineering fraternity to pay respect to the great soul by standing and observing 2 minutes of silence in his memory. The theme of the Day was also highlighted by the Chief Guest. He was seized of the present situation in our country where almost 40% of the population is below poverty line and were deprived of the basic necessities of life like food, cloth and shelter. He related that as per a recent survey the Human capital index wise India was ranked 132 in the world which is much lower than even Sri Lanka. He observed that Engineers had a very important role to play in the development of the country and should come forward and work with utmost sincerity.
In order to press home the importance of work culture through which any organisation can achieve success, he dwelt on two of his infrastructure projects viz. Konkan Rail Project (Partners-States of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala & Maharashtra) and Delhi Metro Rail. In spite of major hurdles like difficult terrain, large number of small and big bridges, tunnels, land acquisition delays etc. the project could be completed within the budget and much before the timeline of completion. Konkan railway has been covered in the Extreme Railways program by Chris Tarrant as one of the most difficult railway projects to have been constructed in the world. The speed potential of Konkan rail is 160 kms/hr while the other tracks existing in the country can take a high of 110 km/hr. Delhi Metro project also materialised under the leadership of Dr. Sreedharan wherein the challenge was to raise funds from the market to build and operate the project as funds for rail projects were in short supply due to many projects being taken up simultaneously. 1/3 equity was provided by Govt. while rest had to be raised. In both the cases time and cost overruns were not allowed to happen. All these happened when all his officers and staff were drawn from the Govt. sector but worked as a co-ordinated unit to finish all projects within time frame and within budget. He lays emphasis on the work culture which he introduced in both the organisations with four important practices i.e Punctuality, Integrity, Professional competence inclusive of continuous learning and Social responsibility and accountability. This message was put across by Metroman to the experienced working engineers working both in the Govt. and private sector and also to the budding engineers of DBRAIT. In addition to these four mantras we should have divine grace or cosmic blessings. Dr. Sreedharan also informed the Engineers that a new employee on joining is given a copy of the Bhagwad Geeta to be read and practiced as it is not a religious text but an administrative gospel on how to live one’s life, in a peaceful way.
The programme began with Invocation of lamp & devotional song followed by Welcome address by the Chairman, IEI, ANSC, Er. D. Sathyamoorthy, FIE wherein he outlined the total profile of the Metroman chronologically up to date. It was followed by presentation of the Annual Report 2016-17 by the Honorary Secretary, Er. Johnson Abraham, MIE.
During the awarding ceremony Smti. Radha Sreedhar gave away awards to the winners of the Best Engineering Student Awards to Final year students of DBRAIT, 4 each from Civil & Mechanical Engineering. She also gave away awards to winners of Poster Competition for both school and college winners.
Dr. Sreedharan then gave away Best Engineer 2017 awards to Er. Murugesan, Junior Engineer, APWD & Er. M. A. Feroz, Junior Engineer, ALHW in Civil Engineering while award was given to Er. R. Hemanth Rao, Computer Instructor & Er. Yunus Ahmed, Lab Technician (Computer), both from DBRAIT for Information Technology & Computer Engineering respectively.
Late Er. Sumit Chaudhuri was also honoured with Dweep Abhiyanta 2017 which was given at the hands of Dr. Sreedharan and received by Late Sumit’s wife Smti. Urmimala Chaudhuri.
During the function the other dignitaries present were Past Chairman Er. Manohar Singh FIE, Immediate Past Chairman Er. T. N. Krishnamoorthi FIE, Past Honorary Secretaries & Executive Committee Members of the A & N State Centre of The Institution of Engineers (India). Also present were Brig. C. P. S. Pasricha, Chief Engineer, MES, A & N Zone, Er. D. Balaji, Chief Engineer, APWD and Senior officers of A & N Administration, Heads of Departments under A & N Administration, Heads of Central Govt. departments, Heads of Engineering Deptts. in Defence sector, Heads of Public sector organisations, Technical & Educational Institutions, Members of IEI & students of DBRAIT.
The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr. Shrabani Mallick, Executive Committee member of IEI, ANSC.
After the inaugural session the Technical Session was held wherein 3 papers were presented by Er. B. K. Jena, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, DBRAIT, Ar. V. Jaya Kumar, Architect, PBMC & Student from DBRAIT. The session was Chaired by Past Chairman of IEI, ANSC, Er. Manohar Singh, FIE.
The Engineers Day celebrations concluded with a Cultural Evening for the Engineers and their families at ALHW Multipurpose Hall, Phoenix Bay.